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Barred from priesthood, some Catholic women find other roles

By Claire Giangravé and David Crary — December 8, 2021
ROME (RNS/AP) — A growing number of women hold consequential positions in the church and at the Vatican.
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Women lead religious groups in many ways – besides the growing number who have been ordained

By Deborah Whitehead — December 8, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar of gender and US religious history explains how women are trying to make religious communities more inclusive. Women’s ordination is only one piece of this ongoing work.

$6.6M awarded to Tree of Life synagogue, site of massacre

By Michael Rubinkam — December 6, 2021
(AP) — The state funding will help “transform this site that has been marked by horror ... into one full of hope, remembrance and education,” Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers said.

Both sides planning for new state-by-state abortion fight

By Ashraf Khalil — December 6, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides seem to be operating on the assumption that a court reshaped by former President Donald Trump will either overturn or seriously weaken Roe.

US religious group says Haitian gang releases 3 hostages

By Evens Sanon and Peter Smith — December 6, 2021
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A religious group based in Ohio announced Monday that a violent gang in Haiti has released three more hostages, while another 12 remain abducted. The statement from Christian Aid Ministries said the people were released on Sunday in Haiti and are “safe and seem to be in good spirits.” The group […]

Police kill Palestinian attacker after Jerusalem stabbing

By Joseph Krauss — December 6, 2021
JERUSALEM (AP) — Large numbers of security forces were deployed to the area, where they briefly clashed with a crowd of young Palestinians before dispersing them with tear gas and stun grenades.

Pope: New meeting with Russian Orthodox patriarch possible

By Nicole Winfield — December 6, 2021
(AP) — Francis said he planned to meet next week with the Russian church’s foreign envoy 'to agree on a possible meeting' with Patriarch Kirill.

Pope says he removed Paris archbishop because of gossip

By Nicole Winfield — December 6, 2021
(AP) — French media reports also cited governance problems as a possible reason underlying Francis’ decision.

Paris archbishop who had ‘ambiguous’ relationship resigns

By Angela Charlton and Thomas Adamson — December 2, 2021
Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement Thursday that he offered to step down “to preserve the diocese from the division that suspicion and loss of trust are continuing to provoke.”

Brazil’s senate OKs evangelical Bolsonaro ally to top court

By Mauricio Savarese — December 2, 2021
Mendonça had been waiting for approval since July 13, but disagreements between Bolsonaro's administration and a key senator stalled the proceedings for months.

Bidens, Harris, Emhoff celebrate Hanukkah at White House

By Associated Press — December 2, 2021
Speaking to more than 150 guests, Biden sought to draw parallels between his presidency and the eight-day commemoration of the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem by the Maccabees.

Abortion debate epicenter: Mississippi clinic stays open

By Emily Wagster Pettus — December 1, 2021
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court early Wednesday ahead of the arguments, their opposing positions marked by signs that included “Her Body Her Choice” and “God Hates the Shedding of Innocent Blood.”

This Hanukkah, learn about the holiday’s forgotten heroes: Women

By Alan Avery-Peck — December 1, 2021
(The Conversation) — The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which in 2021 began on Nov. 28, focuses on the story of the Maccabees. But women are also heroes in stories about that era, including Judith and Hannah.
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